These nostal­gic hol­i­day presents will be sure to bring a smile to the faces of fans

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - ENTERTAINMENT - LEANNE ITALIE

There’s no nos­tal­gia

NEW YO R K quite like TV nos­tal­gia, for just the right binge- watcher or old­time fa­natic, at least. A few ideas for retro TV gifts pegged to hit shows through the decades:


Search around for vin­tage doll sets of favourite char­ac­ters in orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing, au­to­graphed pho­tos and framed stu­dio stills with show stats. Head to eBay, Ama­zon or other sites and shops that deal in col­lectibles.

Other­wise, go for chuck­les with a mouse pad or T- shirt em­bla­zoned with “The In­ter­na­tional Or­der of Loyal Rac­coons” or an “Alice Kram­den is my role model” mug or one­sie, for the next gen­er­a­tion.

A par­tic­u­lar favourite on Red­bub­ble. com: A nicely done graphite pen­cil draw­ing of Ed Nor­ton do­ing the Huck­le­buck on hood­ies and T- shirts ($ 25 to $ 52, all fig­ures in U. S. dol­lars).


We’re talk­ing the orig­i­nal se­ries. These col­lectibles are plen­ti­ful. Know what you’re do­ing and how much you should be pay­ing for this stuff.

There are tons of Star Trek gift items all over the place, in­clud­ing an oven mitt with the split fin­gers of the Vul­can peace and pros­per­ity greet­ing on Thinkgeek. com ($ 6.99). Shirts abound on CBS­s­tore. com, in­clud­ing a retro look for women in a yel­low crew with orig­i­nal char­ac­ters ($ 24.99).

The shop at startrek. com put the Delta sym­bol on a 16- ounce wine glass for $ 9.99 and of­fers a USS En­ter­prise bot­tle opener for $ 14.95. Or gift an ugly sweater that reads “Trek the Halls” ($ 64.99).

Or how about a set of Vul­can ear­buds, com­plete with pointy ears, from Anovos ($ 35)?


Pick up a “Dyn- O- Mite!” T- shirt. CafePress even has one in white for dogs ($ 19.95). The ac­tor­co­me­dian who played J. J. Evans, Jim­mie Walker, made that word his sig­na­ture.

He wrote a book with Sal Manna, Dyn- o- mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times — A Mem­oir. The book de­tails Walker’s violent and abu­sive up­bring­ing in the Bronx, his rise as a standup co­me­dian and ten­sions on the set of this hit CBS pro­gram.

Dig around for the best copy or look for dig­i­tal or au­dio ver­sions to gift.

Got a Janet Jack­son fan who ap­pre­ci­ates her time on the show as Penny Gor­don Woods?

Pick up some­thing spe­cial on Jack­son’s of­fi­cial web­site.

It’s full of State of the World Tour and Rhythm Na­tion merch. How about a black, vanil­las­cented Janet can­dle in a black box? It’s $ 24.95 at janet­jack­son. com.


The gals, es­pe­cially Betty White, are hav­ing a pro­longed mo­ment.

There are Golden Girls- branded Mo­nop­oly, Triv­ial Pur­suit and Clue board games be­cause, why not? There’s a Sophia “ac­tion” fig­ure, fleece throws and Pez dis­pensers of the en­tire gang.

Not good enough? How about a back­pack with the cast of the NBC hit on it, a Shady Pines re­tire­ment home mug or Rose socks? Still not just right? Search Ama­zon for a pink sweat­shirt that reads “Squad Goals,” with Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy heads on it.

Fans with cars might en­joy the Golden Girls car wind­shield sun shade with true- to- life like­nesses of the ladies that might prompt a few turned heads from passersby. Avail­able at Toynk. com for $ 29.99. That site also sells a set of four colour­ful shot glasses, one Golden Girl per glass ($ 19.99).

And thanks to a com­pany called Funko, which makes li­censed pop cul­ture col­lectibles, the holy grail of Golden Girl items is a pur­ple­hued, Chee­rio- shaped ce­real with a toy fig­ure in­side. It was so hot that pri­vate sell­ers are now ask­ing up to nearly $ 85 a box.


This year is the 50th an­niver­sary of the first air­ing of the iconic PBS show back in 1968.

The PBS on­line store is ready. There’s a fab­u­lous mug adorned with favourite quotes and song lyrics and the man him­self. When you add hot wa­ter, his at­tire changes from his busi­ness suit to his cardi­gan ($ 13.99).

There’s a colour­ful wood replica of the show’s fa­mous Neigh­bor­hood Trol­ley for $ 59.99, an ar­ray of socks em­bla­zoned with his vis­age, T- shirts, a mag­netic dress- up set, note­cards, sticky notes with in­spi­ra­tional quotes and even a branded bar of soap that runs $ 3.99.


A Golden Girls wind­shield sun shade, sold by Toynk. com, pays trib­ute to the iconic Mi­ami- based girl squad.

Clock­wise from top left: Star Trek Vul­can oven mitt ( Thinkgeek. com); a set of four Golden Girls shot glasses ( Toynk. com);Dyn- o- mite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times — A Mem­oir by Jim­mie Walker; and a The Honeymooners T- shirt ( Red­bub­ble. com).

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